Category Archives: 2014-15

What Kind of Poet are you?

What type of poet are you?

This is an important question you need to ask yourself. We’ve touched on this a little bit. Poetry has the power to go anywhere and touch anyone, it all depends on the methods you use. Popular trends these days include publishing a poetry book, having a poetry blog, performing poetry and competing in poetry contests. It’s all up to you. Many established poets have done one of these or more than one. But here’s the first question you have to ask yourself:

Why am I writing poetry?

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List Poems!

I made a recent discovery! List Poems! Let’s talk about them!

Where the Sidewalk ends, 1974
Where the Sidewalk ends, 1974

Bandaids by Shel Silverstein

I have a Band-Aid on my finger,
One on my knee, and one on my nose,
One on my heel, and two on my shoulder,
Three on my elbow, and nine on my toes. Continue reading List Poems!

Metaphors: How far can they take you?

I really think that if someone can write a poem successfully made out of metaphors of an event or a person they are a true poet. Not to disregard any poets who don’t use metaphors, but the ability to make your audience understand your situation without saying what it is… that’s talent.

I am a metaphoric poet. I love to elude to facts rather than give them Continue reading Metaphors: How far can they take you?

Censorship: To Curse or not to curse

When I started my writing blog almost three years ago I vowed that everything would be censored. The crazy thing is I thought that I should be censored because a lot of people would be reading my blog. But of course, when I started publishing barely anyone read my posts. Now that I’m gaining more followers and a larger range of readers I’ve began to slowly creeping into my comfort zone as to what I will write and what I won’t.

Your comfort zone:

Cursing is something your parents tell you not to do when growing up, but they do it when they’re grabbing drinks with their friends. What is right and what is wrong? Continue reading Censorship: To Curse or not to curse

Poet of the Month: Rudy Francisco

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I went through a phase this summer and part of last year when I looked up artists performing slam poetry, whether at a collegiate level or just in general. I even replayed them over and over, adding them to a playlist on youtube that I’d just let play as I was getting dressed in the morning. I will most-likely use the poets I’ve heard from Button Poetry’s Continue reading Poet of the Month: Rudy Francisco

How to write about love

Writing About Love

Poets love to write about love, and death but that’s for another time. Love can be metaphoric and extremely painful to reread. If you are like me, writing within a haze, you will read things you’ve written and be just as shocked as everyone else at what is on the page. So, to lessen the blow here’s some tips for you:

1. Write your poetry as if it will be found when you die
Don’t assume that everything you write can stay hidden f Continue reading How to write about love

Feature: Hood Student reflects on his passion for Poetry

Today I met with a well-known student in the Hood College community, Jamone Davis. Jamone is a Senior majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. He is known for his inspiring and emotional poetry performances on campus and within the Frederick community, like his performance in the school’s talent show and his opening poem for March on Frederick.

He has been writing poetry since he was in the 6th grade and continues to write today for himself and the pleasure of performing. Like many of us writers, he writes to vent and to express himself through writing about life experiences that either he or the people around him have experienced.

“If I see someone going through something I write about it, what I feel I write,” Davis said.

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